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Michael appears solo on various broadcast outlets and in such venues as Berkeley, CA's, Freight & Salvage, where he's shared the bill with John Gorka, Greg Brown, Peppino D'Agostino John McCormick and Joel Mabus, and in the Fiddling Cricket concert series in San Jose, CA.

Michael's powerful and distinctive voice is featured on such recordings as
Sylvia Herold's Bowl of Crystal Tears, Lisa Redfern's No Small Thing and Soundtracks and Matt Lax and Nearly Beloved's Wanderer's Dream and Hurricane and a Tumbleweed.

Michael's long awaited solo recording project became available in 2005. This record (yes, they're still records!) features bandmates Mary Gibbons, Jon Mitguard and Paul Knight; singing from Veronica Lustre, Tom Rozum and Jim Mintun; fiddling from Laurie Lewis; electric mandolin from Tom Rozum; percussion from Wake the Dead's Brian Rice.
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His playing is featured on a recording of clawhammer guitar on Solid Air Records along with Steve Baughman, Jody Stecher and Alec Stone Sweet. An article on the style was published in the December 2007 issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine.


In addition to performing solo, Michael plays and sings with the Mike Stadler-Mary Gibbons band, featuring Jon Mitguard on dobro and pedal steel, and Paul Knight on bass. This band has played the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival and the Great American Music Hall, among others.

He contributed instrumental backup on San Francisco singer / songwriter Veronica Lustre's recording project  and lap steel to Burke's CD The Year of You.

Michael is a creative, articulate and patient teacher of fingerstyle and flatpicked guitar, and mandolin, clawhammer banjo and fiddle. He has taught a variety of classes at the California Coast Music Camp beginning in 2002. July 2007 marked his fifth stint on staff at CCMC.

Michael was raised in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on the south shore of 
Lake Superior
and has lived in the San Francisco area since the early Eighties.